Friday, December 07, 2007

Cassie And Maggie Got Married -- Or Did They?

Oh, my, my, what have we got here?

Cassie and Maggie want a divorce. But they can't have one because they live in Rhode Island. Rhode Island does not allow gays to marry. Therefore, obviously, Rhode Island does not allow gays to divorce, because you can't undo what was never done.

Except it was. Done, I mean. In Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal, Cassie and Maggie got married. And now they want to get unmarried. But they can't. Because they live in Rhode Island. And Rhode Island does not allow...oh...we been there, already.

It's not that Rhode Island disallows gay marriage. There is no law in Rhode Island that says gay marriage is illegal. Problem is, there's no law that says it's legal, either. It's in a kind of legal limbo, and that's just where Rhode Islanders seem to like it.

And Massachusetts? They won't be able to get a divorce in Massachusetts because they live in Rhode Island. Massachusetts will not grant divorces for non-residents of Massachusetts. Marriage, yes, divorce, no.

And just at the point where I thought my headspin couldn't get any more intense, a very interesting scenario waved at me from the corner of my mind...

Cassie and Maggie could just split up and go their separate ways. No big deal. Let's assume that there are no big fights over property and children and stuff. Just a nice, easy split.

And then, let's say that one or both of them wants to get married again. To another woman again. So, off we go back to Massachusetts, where, in answer to the question, "Are there any legal impediments to this marriage?" they can truthfully answer, "No," because according to the law in the state in which they live, they're not already married. They'd be bigamists in Massachusetts, but they're not going to live in Massachusetts.

Or, we could go totally Hollywood Writer on this (no, I'm not scabbing -- just throwing ideas around) and "do a treatment" I think it's called, about two bi women who marry, then try unsuccessfully to divorce, and then marry men, and then get caught up in the interstate marry-go-round, and then...well, we'll just have to wait for the next installment. I'm thinking that this would fit the half-hour sitcom/reality crap format.

Honestly, I've seen far worse plots for television shows. That's the reason I quit watching. But this...this could be cutting edge stuff.

Wanna bet someone who's on strike right now is making furtive little notes to himself about plot ideas and dialogue?

3 Comments:

Blogger pretty shaved ape said...

or in the blogging tory version...

two filthy godless lesbians got "married" and now because they made baby jesus cry and the church didn't bless their unholy union they want to "divorce" but nobody that isn't a liebuhrul commiepinkofaglovingislamotraitor will recognize their dirty homoperv "marriage" and i think they're just disgusting because that kind of dirty queer stuff is so wrong unless it is in porn except for fags cos that's gross anyway.

Saturday, December 08, 2007 2:46:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Or unless you're Larry Craig, in which case, it's okay, and you didn't really mean it anyway, because you're not really a homo, you're just doing research.

I'm dizzy, now.

Saturday, December 08, 2007 6:48:00 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

The ol' catch 22... We mere humans sure have a way of making things complicated don't we. And we are supposed to be the "Intelligent" species on this planet eh? We are our own worst enemies.

Saturday, December 08, 2007 10:19:00 AM  

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